SVT-40 Tokarev I think I'm in love

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by buddee, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. buddee

    buddee New Member

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    I've been looking for something other than my Mosin m-44 and the Romanian PSL that shoots the 7.62x54r. I stumbled onto the SVT-40 semi-auto. This seems to be exactly what I've been looking for. I've been watching videos online to try and get an idea of how reliable it is and any other info on it. Does anybody any experience with them? I know my M-44 kicks like a mule so range time with it can be limited, even with the shoulder pad. So any info would be helpful. Thank You.
     
  2. therewolf

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    I have heard they have dependability issues.

    When faced with the possibility of getting a 65 year-old

    SVT40, or picking up a new VEPR hunting rifle, in the same

    caliber, I got the VEPR. I have heard they are difficult to

    come by, in 7.62X54R, lately.

    It looks somewhat like the PSL.

    Downside, it tears up cartridges on the ejection. So it's

    not a great action to use, if you're intent on reloading.
     
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  3. TDS92A

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    I have been looking for the SVT-40 for a couple of years now and my sources are all telling me that I would stand a better chance of walking on water than getting one. They must be really rare or prohibited from import.
     
  4. samnev

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    The SVT 40's has not been imported since the 90's. They were $225 back then. They are still available but the price has risen to over 1K for a nice refurb with a good bore. They should be shot with light ball and with good ammo are quite accurate. Mine shoots as well as my M1 Garand. But they can be a PIA to clean. They have fluted chamber which must be cleaned after shooting especially if you shoot corrosive ammo. I only shoot my hand loads in my SVT 40 the flute marks on the cases do not harm the cad and can be reloaded without any problem. If you find one 2 things to look for besides bore condition. First make sure the chamber is not pitted. If it is cases might not extract. 2nd look at the gases system. You have to take off the upper hand guard (easy) Make sure the gas system is not corroded and move freely and loosen the knurled circular piece on the gas setting stem and make sure it can be turned. Look for them on Gunbroker, good luck.
     
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  5. buddee

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    That's good to know. Thank you. I've got my eyes open looking for the right one.
     
  6. reloader762

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    SVT-40s show up for sale quite often, and the on-line auction purchase price is hovering a little above $1,000 typically (data here). Do research before forking over your cash so you know what you're getting. Most I have personally seen at shows in the last couple of years are forced matched and missing some parts. Forced matched serial numbers are common (but show prices have been silly on these recently IMO, nearly 50% above the selling price for on-line auctions) and wouldn't cause me to pass, the missing parts cause me to keep walking.
     
  7. Chainfire

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    I own and SVT-40 and shoot it on occasion. They are a lot of fun, but they have some draw-backs. Once you dial in the gas-port setting they function well. If you haven't shot one, just think of shooting a very long SKS with x54 power.

    If you want something to shoot on a regular basis, the SVT-40 may not be the right gun. It is too delicate and too expensive to use for a full-time range gun. It is also a pain to clean properly. When you drop a grand on one, you tend to want to be too careful with it.

    That said, I very much like, and will always keep my SVT-40, and shoot it on special occasions.
     
  8. 303tom

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    Been looking to get one of them my self, several on Gun Broker I been watching for about a week !................
     
  9. 303tom

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    Still watchen em !...................
     
  10. buddee

    buddee New Member

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    I like that it's a semi-auto in an affordable 7.62 round. But I'm starting to wonder if it's for me. It doesn't sound like its as great as I thought.
     
  11. 303tom

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    There are plenty of good reasons why the Soviets abandoned the SVT-40 for the SKS and plenty of other reasons why the abandoned the SKS for the AK. For functionality, you are far better buying one of each of the SKS and AK. As far as the pre-bubbed SVT-40, it would have no redeeming value as either a firearm or as a collectable.
     
  13. samnev

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    The SVT 40 is a great milsurp weapon despite what Chainfire says. It's problems were mainly caused by the lack of proper maintenance by the ill trained Russian troops. Many were taken into service by the German troops who liked the SVT 40. The weak point on the SVT is the thin wrist on the stock which would crack under combat conditions. If you get one with the AVT 40 stock, It will have a big star on the bolt side of the butt stock and a cut out for the safety on both sides of the trigger, that issue is solved. As long as you clean the SVT properly if you shoot corrosive mil surp ammo, which I agree is a pita you will have no problems with it assuming you buy one the doesn't have problems with the gas system as I previously posted. I have shot SVT40's for many years and all I own (3) are quite accurate and have never had a problem of any kind. I solved the cleaning problem but shooting only my hand loads the don't require the cleaning that surplus ammo does. I haven't shot my SVT over the last few as I have moved on to long range shooting with my AIAW, POF P-308 and LaRue OBR
    I do agree with Chainfire in that the bubbled sVT 40 is a waste of your money.
     
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  14. reloader762

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    There are other sources for listings in addition to where you're looking: GunStockMarket SVT-40 listings (Scans many sites, and updated frequently).
     
  15. 303tom

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    Yeap !................
     
  16. therewolf

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    For me, it all boils down to a lot of moolah for a

    used milsurp. Case in point: I just found, and plonked down 1000$

    on a new stainless steel 1894 Marlin. IMO, a much better,

    nicer, more dependable, and useful rifle, for the money.
     
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  17. samnev

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    Imo it all depends on the needs of the person buying the weapon. While I agree the SS 1894 Marlin is a nice weapon I would never buy one because I collect mil surp and AR weapons. So an SS 1894 Marlin would not be something I would buy. I believe a mil surp collector would rather spend the money to get an SVT 40 than a less expensive commercial SS 1894 Marlin.
     
  18. buddee

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    Since this is a gun I would shoot a lot it sounds like I should end this over affair. Many have said they love to shoot it but don't shoot it often. Very fragile. That's not what I'm looking for. So the sks is looking better and better with each post. I guess the mosin will have to do for now.
     
  19. samnev

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    There are a number of SVT 40's in my shooting circle and I have never seen 1 break. I don't know where this fragile comes from in the hands of civilians. During WW II they did have problems with the stocks cracking at the wrist. But as I said before that problem was corrected with the AVT 40 stock you now see on may of the SVT refurbs in the US.